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Lottery Open for State Pre-K Program

Free, High-Quality Early Education Available for 1,080 Students

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) announced today that the lottery for the Rhode Island Pre-Kindergarten Program is now open for the 2018-2019 school year. There are 60 state-funded pre-K classrooms in 11 communities, and parents and families must submit their applications by Monday, July 2, in order to be considered for one of the 1,080 available seats.

To be eligible, children must be 4 years old by September 1, 2018, and must reside within a community that hosts a pre-K program. The state pre-K program is fully inclusive, supporting the learning and development needs of all children. Parents of English learners and students with disabilities are encouraged to enter the lottery.

“The strong foundation built through high-quality early childhood education can make all the difference in the world for a student, especially those who are at risk of falling behind,” said Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education. “As we work to meet the Governor’s goal of doubling the number of students reading proficiently by the third grade, we will continue to focus on expanding access to and ensuring quality of early childhood supports.”

State-funded pre-K programs were identified through a competitive process that evaluates the organization’s ability to provide a high-quality program. Earlier this year, Rhode Island was recognized as a national leader in quality pre-K by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER).

State-funded pre-K is available in Central Falls, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston, Newport, North Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick, West Warwick, and Woonsocket. The 60 Pre-kindergarten Program sites for the 2018-2019 school year are:

Central Falls:
  • Central Falls School District, Capt. Hunt Early Learning Center (12 Kendall Street) – 4 classrooms
  • Central Falls School District, Margaret I. Robertson Elementary (135 Hunt Street) – 1 classroom
  • Comprehensive Community Action Program (848 Atwood Ave.) – 2 classrooms
  • The Children’s Workshop (546 Budlong Road) – 1 classroom
  • Cranston Public Schools- Arlington Elementary School (155 Princess Ave.) – 1 classroom
East Providence:
  • Martin Middle School (111 Brown Street) – 5 classrooms
  • Oldham School (60 Bart Drive) – 2 classrooms
    (Note: Applications for the Martin and Oldham sites are available at the East Providence Administration Offices, 145 Taunton Ave.)
  • East Bay Community Action Program (70 Turner Ave.) – 1 classroom
  • Graniteville School (6 Collins Avenue) – 1 classroom
    (Note: Applications for the Graniteville site are available at Graniteville School until June 17 and at the Johnston Central Office, 10 Memorial Dr., throughout the application period.)
  • East Bay Community Action Program Head Start (8 John Chafee Blvd.) – 2 classrooms
North Providence:
  • Tri-Town Community Action Agency (79 Waterman Avenue) – 1 classroom
  • Pawtucket School Department, Fallon Memorial School (62 Lincoln Avenue) – 3 classrooms
    (Note: Applications for the Fallon site are available at the Pawtucket Central Office, 286 Main St.)
  • Ready to Learn Providence @ Heritage Park YMCA Early Learning Center (333 Roosevelt Ave.) – 2 classrooms
  • Children’s Friend and Service (13 Legion Drive) – 1 classroom
  • Providence School Department, Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School (35 Camp Street) - 1 classroom
    (Note: Applications for the Martin Luther King , Jr. site are available at the Providence Registration Center, 325 Ocean Street.)
  • Ready to Learn Providence @ CCRI Liston Campus (1 Hilton St.) – 1 classroom
    (Note: Applications for the CCRI site are available at 945 Westminster St., Providence)
  • Beautiful Beginnings (700 Elmwood Ave.) – 2 classrooms
  • Children’s Friend and Service (350 Point St.) – 3 classrooms
  • Children’s Friend and Service (99 Berkshire St.) – 2 classrooms
  • Children’s Friend and Service (550 Hartford Avenue) – 1 classroom
  • Imagine Preschool (520 Hope Street) – 3 classrooms
  • Meeting Street (1000 Eddy St.) – 2 classrooms
  • Smith Hill Early Childhood Learning Center (25 Danforth St.) – 5 classrooms
  • CHILD, Inc. (849 Centerville Rd) - 1 classroom
  • CHILD, Inc. (160 Draper Ave.) – 2 classrooms
West Warwick:
  • Academy for Little Children (10 James P Murphy Industrial Highway) – 1 classroom
  • CHILD, Inc. (28 Payan St.) – 2 classrooms
  • Connecting for Children and Families (46 Hope St.) – 2 classrooms
  • Woonsocket Head Start Child Development Association (204 Warwick St.) – 4 classrooms
  • YWCA Rhode Island (514 Blackstone Street), 1 Classroom

Families can apply for the 2018-19 Pre-Kindergarten Program online or can pick up an application at a program location. Completed applications should be returned to the program of choice. Families may apply for more than one site if multiple sites exist in their community of residence, but only one application per site will be accepted. Applications will be accepted through July 2.